IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 108: Beautiful Animals

Monday 2 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:MAD (Medieval Animal Data Network)
Organiser:Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair:Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 108-aBeautiful Creeps: Insects in Byzantine Rhetoric and Poetry
(Language: English)
Floris Bernard, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 108-bUnicorns: Spiritual and Physical Beauty in Late Medieval Books of Hours
(Language: English)
Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo, Old Operating Theatre Museum, London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 108-cAnimals and Beauty in Medieval Bestiaries
(Language: English)
Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 108-dBeautiful and Ugly Horses in Chretien de Troyes' Perceval: Linking Aesthetics, Functionality, and Status
(Language: English)
Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Mentalities, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

The qualities of animals play an important role in their medieval textual and visual representations. One of them is their physical and spiritual beauty which is often connected and put into relation to human qualities. The session will concentrate on such beautiful animals in texts and images and the meanings and symbolic character of this beauty.